Today's Highlight in History:
On Oct. 17, 1777, British forces under Gen. John Burgoyne surrendered to American troops in Saratoga, N.Y., in a turning point of the Revolutionary War.
On this date:
In 1610, French King Louis XIII, age 9, was crowned at Reims, five months after the assassination of his father, Henry IV.
In 1711, Jupiter Hammon, the first black poet to have his work published in America, was born on Long Island, N.Y., into a lifetime of slavery.
In 1807, Britain declared it would continue to reclaim British-born sailors from American ships and ports regardless of whether they held U.S. citizenship.
In 1912, Pope John Paul I was born Albino Luciani at Forno di Canale, Italy.
In 1931, mobster Al Capone was convicted of income tax evasion. (Sentenced to 11 years in prison, Capone was released in 1939.)
In 1933, Albert Einstein arrived in the United States as a refugee from Nazi Germany.
In 1941, the U.S. destroyer Kearny was damaged by a German torpedo off the coast of Iceland; 11 people died.
In 1961, French police attacked Algerians protesting a curfew in Paris. (The resulting death toll varies widely, with some estimates of up to 200.)
In 1973, Arab oil-producing nations announced they would begin cutting back oil exports to Western nations and Japan; the result was a total embargo that lasted until March 1974.
In 1987, first lady Nancy Reagan underwent a modified radical mastectomy at Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland.
In 1989, an earthquake measuring 7.1 on the Richter scale struck northern California, killing 63 people and causing $6 billion worth of damage.
In 1992, Japanese exchange student Yoshi Hattori was fatally shot by Rodney Peairs in Baton Rouge, La., after Hattori and his American host mistakenly knocked on Peairs' door while looking for a Halloween party. (Peairs was acquitted of manslaughter, but in a civil trial was ordered to pay more than $650,000 to Hattori's family.)
Ten years ago: Fire killed six people in a high-rise county building in Chicago. The House and Senate voted to spend some $87 billion earmarked for securing peace and eliminating terrorist threats in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Five years ago: Wall Street ended a tumultuous week that turned out to be its best in five years. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 127 points, closing at 8,852.22, but turned in the strong week because of two huge days of gains — a record 936-point jump the previous Monday and an increase of 401 points on Thursday. Four Tops frontman Levi Stubbs died in Detroit at age 72.
One year ago: Federal authorities in New York said a Bangladeshi student was arrested in an FBI sting after he tried to detonate a phony 1,000-pound truck bomb outside the Federal Reserve building in Manhattan. (Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis later pleaded guilty to attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction and attempting to provide material support to al-Qaida and was sentenced to 30 years in prison.) Nike said it was cutting its ties with Lance Armstrong, citing insurmountable evidence that the cyclist participated in doping and misled the company for more than a decade. The St. Louis Cardinals took a 2-1 lead in the National League Championship Series by beating San Francisco 3-1 in a game delayed three and a-half hours by rain at Busch Stadium.
Today's Birthdays: Actress Marsha Hunt is 96. Actress Julie Adams is 87. Newspaper columnist Jimmy Breslin is 83. Country singer Earl Thomas Conley is 72. Singer Jim Seals (Seals & Crofts) is 71. Singer Gary Puckett is 71. Actor Michael McKean is 66. Actress Margot Kidder is 65. Actor George Wendt is 65. Actor-singer Bill Hudson is 64. Astronaut Mae Jemison is 57. Country singer Alan Jackson is 55. Movie critic Richard Roeper is 54. Movie director Rob Marshall is 53. Actor Grant Shaud is 53. Animator Mike Judge is 51. Rock singer-musician Fred LeBlanc (Cowboy Mouth) is 50. Actor-comedian Norm Macdonald is 50. Singer Rene' Dif is 46. Reggae singer Ziggy Marley is 45. Golfer Ernie Els is 44. Singer Chris Kirkpatrick ('N Sync) is 42. Rapper Eminem is 41. Singer Wyclef Jean is 41. Actress Sharon Leal is 41. Actor Matthew Macfadyen is 39. Rock musician Sergio Andrade is 36. Actor Chris Lowell is 29. Actor Dee Jay Daniels is 25.
Thought for Today: "The thinking of a genius does not proceed logically. It leaps with great ellipses. It pulls knowledge from God knows where." — Dorothy Thompson, American journalist (1894-1961).
Today in History for October 17
Today is Thursday, Oct. 17, the 290th day of 2013. There are 75 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History: